Congratulations to Amanda Denney, AMSA Class of 2022, for publishing her first novel, Sweepings of the Street!
The English department strives to challenge and help all students master a sophisticated and advanced literature curriculum and communicate skillfully in a variety of modes. Our goal is to graduate students who are skilled communicators, critical and creative thinkers, and readers ready for college-level work. Equally important is the development of writers and speakers who can adapt effectively to a variety of situations, purposes, and audiences in both traditional and non-traditional media formats. To these ends, the curriculum focuses on the concepts important for success in the modern world: knowledge and facility with a variety of writing modes, analysis skills, synthesis skills, and speaking skills. As testimony to the effectiveness of this approach, our students demonstrate steady progress from grade to grade on standardized tests, including exceptionally high scores on AP exams and SAT tests.
The English curriculum supports these goals through the study of writing, vocabulary, and grammar each year which facilitate students’ development as skilled writers. Beginning in grade 6, students are also introduced to specific, age-appropriate concepts integral to the research process and to various modes of writing. These concepts and related skills are supported and built upon in each successive year through 12th grade when students produce an in-depth research essay which includes a variety of sources, proper citation, skillful synthesis and in-depth analysis supporting an original thesis.
Contemporary Voices Final Projects (2021) - Students address contemporary issues in various formats
The Quill - AMSA’s student literary and creative magazine that showcase student talents
The AMSA Voice - the student news site produced by AMSA journalism students
English Dept. News
Nothing beautiful without struggle." So said Plato is his 375 BCE masterpiece the Republic, and so students recently demonstrated in Mr. Hill's Philosophy course. After grappling with the ancient Greek philosopher's ideas, students presented their Plato's Republic projects, which included films and stop-motion animations, models, posters, PowerPoint presentations, games, and Lego-reenactments. see photos
As part of an ongoing mentoring program, Grade 12 students have been coaching Grade 6 students on interviewing skills and recently conducted mock job interviews and product pitches.
The English teachers have started a virtual book club on Instagram for AMSA’s community of readers.
AMSA’s Diderot Society has launched a new website featuring the first installment of its Edward R. Murrow Podcast.
Mr. Hill’s 9th grade English/Literature class is learning different “literary lenses” to analyze texts
Freelance writer and playwright, Ryan Cashman, came in to speak with Ms. Naughton’s 7th grade English classes.
2012 AMSA graduate and author Jennifer Yu graciously spent the day on campus speaking with students during English classes about her journey to becoming an author.